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Dyad Enquiry: Listening with your whole being. Speaking from your deepest authenticity

Teacher: Nicholas Burnand and Sarah Dekker
Cost: 3 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
Dates: Tuesday 14 April 2020 - Friday 17 April 2020

nicholas burnandsarah dekkerWe are inviting you on a journey of direct experiencing, sensing and being - witnessing the mystery of existence reveal itself through the Dyad enquiry practice (meditation in pairs). The mindful awareness of a practice partner increases the ability to stay present and in the moment, allowing the inquiry to go deeper and for moment to moment awareness to be sustained for longer. Many people who struggle with staying focused during conventional meditation practice, have experienced unbroken awareness for periods of five minutes and more when doing the Dyad practice. It is not only a method to strengthen awareness, but also to deepen interpersonal connection, and enjoy more loving, compassionate relationships. In this retreat individual and group processes will be alternated with periods of individual reflection and quiet contemplation. The retreat will be held in partial silence. Click here to view a clip of a similar retreat conducted in Cape Town.

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Nicholas Burnand lives in Belgium, where he is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer and trauma therapist. His journey has taken him to remote places, spending hundreds of days in retreats, ceremonies, and workshops around the world. He is focused on creating safe spaces which foster transformation and awakening. Along with Nonviolent Communication qigong (chi kung) and meditation, he has found the Dyad method to be a deeply transformative practice. Through it he has discovered that empathy and authentic self-expression are a path to freedom from suffering - as the Buddha did 25 centuries before him.

Sarah Dekker leads courses and workshops in Nonviolent Communication, one-on-one coaching and retreats in South Africa and Belgium. She is passionate about integrating Nonviolent Communication with embodied spirituality and draws on the work of Robert Gonzales and Robert Krzisnik. Her workshops offer ways to cultivate daily practices for living life fully and authentically and to be deeply grounded in compassion for oneself and others. Her interest in individual and collective trauma healing has led her to explore Dyad meditation practice, Mondo Zen, gender reconciliation training, Biodynamic Breathwork  and Trauma Release Systems, constellation work and other modalities. She is known for creating safe spaces for self-exploration and healing. Her authentic presentation style is refreshing in a world of trends and hype and her calm and warm approach supports participants to slow down and be more at ease.